What Is the History of the ABF Trucking Company?


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ABF Freight System is a subsidiary of ArcBest Corporation and began operations in 1923. As of 2011, ABF employed over 10,000 people and had revenues above $1 billion.

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Starting in the early 1920s as a local freight hauler, ABF Freight System grew into an asset-based company focusing on less-than-truckload freight shipping. Shortly after its inception, Arkansas Motor Freight (AMF) was acquired by OK Transfer and later merged with Motor Express, creating an interstate carrier. For the next several decades, AMF entered into a series of acquisitions and grows into one of twelve transcontinental motor carriers in the United States.

During the 1960s, Arkansas Best Corporation, ABC, formed from AMF and it's child companies. In 1980, the trucking industry becomes deregulated due to The Motor Carrier Act of 1980. At the beginning of the 1990s, ABC is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

ABF's portfolio of services includes ReloCube, ABF TruckPack, Flatbed Delivery Service, LTL Freight, Retail Shipping Service, Secure Shipment Divider, Time Critical, Trade Show Shipping and White-Glove Delivery Service.

As of 2015, ABF Freight is an incorporated company in Fort Smith, Arkansas, owned by ArcBest Corporation. According to the company, it is one of the most recognized brands in the LTL industry.

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